Future of England’s white-ball cricket is brighter than ever – Eoin Morgan

England World Cup winning skipper Eoin Morgan announces retirement from International cricket

Eoin Morgan said that it was the right in term of both personally and professionally to bid farewell from the International cricket, drawing the curtains on a brilliant career that started in 2006.

The former England white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan who started his career in 2006 from Ireland and took it to the heights of the 2019 World Cup victory, said that it was the right in term of both personally and professionally to bid farewell from the International cricket and draw the curtains on a his brilliant career for England.

He will, however continue to play domestic cricket and will also skipper the London Spirit in the second season of The Hundred.

“After careful deliberation and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect,”

Morgan said in an ECB release on Tuesday (June 28). 

“To call time on what has been without doubt the most enjoyable and rewarding chapter of my career hasn’t been an easy decision, but I believe now is the right time to do so, both for me, personally, and for both England white-ball sides I have led to this point.

“From my start in the international arena with Ireland to winning the World Cup in 2019, I have never lost sight of how integral family support is to any international sportsperson. To my Mum and Dad, my wife, Tara, and our family around the world, thank you for your unconditional support throughout the good and more challenging times in my career. Without you all, this incredible journey would not have been possible.

“I must also thank my teammates, coaches, supporters, and those behind the scenes who have made my career and any successes possible. I am hugely proud of what I have achieved as a player and captain, but the things I will cherish and remember the most are the memories I made with some of the greatest people I know along the way.

“I have been lucky enough to play in two World Cup winning teams, but I believe the future for England’s white-ball teams is brighter than ever. We have more experience, more strength and more depth than ever before. I look forward to watching on with a huge level of excitement.

“To what lies ahead for me, I will continue to enjoy playing at a domestic level while I can. I’m really looking forward to playing and captaining London Spirit in the second edition of The Hundred this year.”

Eoin Morgan had recently expressed his desire to lead England in the T20 World Cup later this year, hosted by Australia but it is also understood that the growing concerns over his form and fitness ultimately forced him to call his career.

In fact, his last 28 games for England have been terrible that he hardly managed 2 half-centuries as a middle-order batter.

England’s white-ball skipper and first World Cup winner Eoin Morgan are set to announce retirement from all forms of International cricket on Tuesday (June 28) which will end his career in which he scored 10,000 runs across ODIs and T20Is.

Out of 7701 ODI runs, Morgan had scored 6957 when he shifted from Ireland to England in 2009. There is no doubt that he has been a valuable asset for England and his legacy will be remembered.

The seven-year-long span of captaincy led by the 35-year-old has revolutionized the white-ball cricket in the country.

He took the captaincy from Alastair Cook just before the 2015 World Cup but the transformation did not work well for England as they were kicked out of the tournament at the hands of Bangladesh.

Under Morgan’s captaincy and coach Trevor Bayliss, England assembled a battery of power hitters that routinely breezed 300+ scores. All of it that we have seen in the thrilling World Cup win at Lord’s in 2019.    

Overall, Morgan has led England in 126 ODIs and further in 72 T20Is. He also led England in two T20 World Cups but a title ran eluded by the slightest margin in both 2016 (runners-up) and 2022 (semifinalists).

Jos Buttler, who has been the deputy of Morgan since 2015, and then led the team 13 times under his absence, is likely to take the role of skipper in the next assignment for India.

Rob Key, the managing director of England men’s cricket, said:

“On behalf of the ECB and everyone involved in cricket, I’d like to thank Eoin Morgan for his outstanding contribution to the game.

“It will be wrong to think Eoin’s legacy was just winning the World Cup in 2019; it is far greater than that. As with all great players and leaders, he has changed the way the game has been played, and he has changed the way an entire generation and generations to come will play this form of the game. His legacy within the game will be felt for many years to come.

“He is, without question, the best leader I have seen. I wish him well in the next chapter of his career.”